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Intel’s 10 Largest Construction Projects

Friday, April 19th, 2024

As it widens its foundry aspirations, Intel’s projects help advance semiconductor manufacturing and technology leadership and build a globally resilient, secure and sustainable supply chain.

For more than 50 years, Intel has been innovating, investing and supporting global semiconductor manufacturing and R&D that propel our digital age.

2023 was no exception as Intel teams across the globe installed new tools, delivered new clean rooms and completed construction of new buildings.

Consider these mind-boggling facts: In 2023, about 145,000 tons of steel was used to construct and expand these new facilities. Throughout last year, construction teams also poured more than 2 million cubic yards of concrete across all of Intel’s projects – enough concrete to build New York’s Empire State Building 32 times over.

“Intel’s global manufacturing network is foundational to our operational success as we build a resilient, trusted and sustainable supply chain for the entire industry,” said Keyvan Esfarjani, executive vice president and chief global operations officer at Intel. “We must continue to invest in the future and plan for success to support the expected increase in long-term semiconductor demand around the world.”

Here’s a recap of Intel’s 10 largest building projects worldwide – in Arizona, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Ireland, Israel, Magdeburg, Penang and Kulim in Malaysia, and Poland – and what to expect from these construction sites in 2024.

In September 2023, ironworkers lower one of many rebar cages that will make up the main factory floor of one of Intel’s two new factories in Chandler, Arizona. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Arizona, U.S.: Fab 52 and 62 Concrete Superstructure Completed

Progress So Far: Intel is investing more than $32 billion to build two new leading-edge chip factories and to modernize an existing fab at its Ocotillo campus in Chandler, Arizona, where it will produce some of the world’s most advanced logic chips. In December 2023, construction teams achieved a significant milestone for Fab 52: completion of the “cheese slab” concrete pour, which forms the base of the fab level.

Construction teams have poured over 430,000 cubic yards of concrete to date – enough to fill 132 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Teams have also started installing the fab’s automated material handling system (AMHS). Think of it as a fully automated highway that snakes around the fab, shuttling wafers from one station to another.

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